Health On The Stealth: Something Extra In Our Turkey Meatballs

I’ve got a secret.

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I added an extra ingredient to our Sunday dinner to add more health to the mix. They won’t have a clue unless they read this blog post.

What did I add and why in the world did I add it?

I traded one of my regular eggs for a “flax egg”.

A “flax egg” is 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water and letting it sit for 5 minutes. Doing this will give you the same effect as a regular egg, but it is great for those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. It’s also great for those who are looking to add extra fiber, additional plant Omega-3 vitamins, and more antioxidants to their bodies. We definitely need all of these things, so that is why I add it.

And since the seeds are ground into a semi-fine powder, no one will really know that they are present in the dish – unless they are watching you make it and actually see the small flakes throughout the dish.

Now let’s get back to these amazingly healthy meatballs.

I know you want the recipe, so keep on reading….

First we make up the meatballs.

It’s two of us, and I want to be sure we can eat for the entire week, so I normally use 3 pounds of ground turkey.

Into this I add 2/3 cup ketchup….

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard….

1/2 cup oats….

2 teaspoons minced Garlic (I usually chop my own, but to save time, this came from a jar)….

5 teaspoons minced onion and 2 tablespoons FlavorGod “Everything Spicy” flavor….

Now it’s time to add the regular egg and the “flax egg”….

Mix the ingredients very well.

At this point, the number of meatballs you can make varies. My handfuls were the right size to make 32 meatballs. However, you could make more or less, depending on the size of the mixture you grab up and whether you are using these for dinner or for appetizers at a party. (Holidays are coming – this would be cool to serve!)

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18 minutes to set the meatballs so they won’t fall apart too badly in the slow cooker.

While the meatballs are baking, let’s make the sauce. Start with a 12 ounce bottle of chili sauce….

Add 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar….

A 6 ounce can of tomato paste….

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (I was introduced to Bragg’s during my weight loss journey, and I think it is the absolute best apple cider vinegar that you can buy because it is raw and unfiltered, unlike many of the brands on the market. But that is just me.)

1/2 cup of…hold up! Is this ANOTHER “Health on the Stealth” addition????

Why yes, yes it is!

I love using these liquid coconut aminos in place of regular soy sauce. It has a lot less sodium, it is a great source of protein, it is soy and gluten free, and you cannot tell the difference between this and regular soy sauce. Tasty AND healthy – cannot beat that!

Add 1/2 cup of this to the mix….

And 3 teaspoons of Tabasco….

Mix well.

Now it’s time for the slow cooker to participate. I line my cooker with these Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners. They make cleanup a breeze.

Meatballs out of the oven…and into the slow cooker….

Pour the sauce over the top of the meatballs….

Cover and cook on Low for 4 – 5 hours (or High for 2.5 – 3 hours).

Let the delicious aroma fill the kitchen and get your dinner plate ready!! I cooked up some orzo pasta to go with the meatballs and will be serving a side salad to round out this healthy meal.

And no one has to know it is flowing with health….

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